1FastSTi (3344) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours to a hazy chestnut colored body with a superior fully lasting dense and thick creamy white head. Excellent lacing. The aroma is pine, grapefruit, and candied pineapple. The flavor is definitely Belgian yeasts with a flavor similar to a Belgian IPA. Pine and grapefruit with candied pineapple. The palate is yeasty even when leaving the cake in the bottle. It’s clean and medium bodied.
OldStyleCubFan (77) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 29, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Fresh bottle form a BA trade. I dig an IPA in a grenade so they got bonus points. On the dark side for an IPA. Little to no head. This is not an IPA. Its a Belgian IPA. The description even mentions some Belgian yeast. Its got a lot of bubble gummy flavor from the yeast. If the yeast was neutral, it wouldn’t be bad. As is, I think its a little bit of a mess. Thinking about drain pouring.
Rando7 (776) - Iowa, USA - SEP 25, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle pours cloudy orange with medium white head. Aroma lots of pine with some coriander and citrus thrown in. Taste again pine hops with orange, Belgium yeast and spices. Finish hoppy but not overpowering. I got a weird umami bratwurst taste at one point. Palate actually a little syrupy and sticky with minimal carbonation. Alcohol not apparent.
Kind of a Blue Moon meets IPA Frankenstein monster. Just OK.
DrnkMcDermott (2899) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle, $3 ea. at brewpub. Bought it in July, so let’s rate this one NOW. Opens and pours with a nice citrus and spicy hop nose. Cloudy, dark IPA orange. Kicks up a big head of foam, but with big bubbles that make it go down in a hurry. Some Cascades, I think. Can’t claim enough knowledge of English hops, but they’re there. Taste has a big hop flavor, somewhat combining both green hops and dried hops, resulting in a mown hay sensation. Sticky malts seem to hold more citrus than the hops once on the tongue. Bitter all the way down, the way a hop head likes it. May even be a tad off balance.
csaso (1661) - Missouri, USA - SEP 12, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle - not much head, hazy dark straw color, hoppy aroma and flavor - a little on the weaker side of hoppy for an IPA
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2011 Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.
Appearance: Cloudy, somewhat dark orange-amber with moderate off-white head.
Aroma: Fairly tart, with grapefruit, pine, banana and some earthy & herbal hops.
Taste: Strong bitter and tart grapefruit reigns supreme. Somewhat funky and musty from the Belgian yeast. Malts are quite bready. Firm bitterness at the finish, which has quite a bit of pine.
Palate: Moderate carbonation, medium body, very dry finish.
Overall: A more than solid Belgian IPA, which has some nice English IPA components in addition to the expected American hops. The beer may be a little too yeasty, as I learned you really do need to leave the sediment in the bottle (which is almost the last 2 ounces), or it takes over. A little amateur and homebrewish, but very tasty nonetheless.
crossovert (9092) - Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
I think this one is a pretty bland IPA. I guess it is a mishmash of styles, not the best one.
sthlm (1246) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 7, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
[On-tap] Pours amber with a nice off-white head. Aroma is grape, kind of odd, candied sweetness, almost chocolate notes, slight plum and peach. Not bad, but odd. Moderate hop bite in the taste, but sweet, light spiciness, barley, marshmallow sweetness, and some earthiness. Good mouthfeel, smooth, and a long finish. Needs to be dried out a bit, and kind of odd, with a lot of things going on--not all of which work together. Not my favorite IPA, but not awful either.
wlajwl (4539) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUL 27, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Definitely has the dry piney hop bite to it that a good IPA has, but also has a nice maltiness that balances it. One of the few IPAs that can be described as malty and not have it make it seem like it needs more hops in it, very good IPA overall.
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - JUL 19, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a murky dark amber with fizzy beige head. Aroma of pine, earth, citrus and dirty socks. Flavor is big in this, kinda sweet, piny, grapefruit, dirty, fruit with astringent bitter in the finish. Heavy body with high carbonation. Overall, I think this brew is just too "all over the place"....some flavors just clash too much in my opinion.